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Old 07-20-2016, 01:59 PM   #1
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How "big" is your residential fridge in your RV?

I'm looking for info on upgrading our RV to a residential refrigerator (RR). I read the posts on the Newmar section of this forum on RRs. What I'm looking for is what size (cu ft) RR you've installed?

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15.5 cuft. GE model GTE16DTHBB. We chose it since it was simple and would run on a MSW inverter (original one that came with coach), no modifications were needed on the coach to install it, other than closing off roof and wall vent (they are still there but sealed on the inside).
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:34 PM   #3
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It's a Maytag MFI2269VEM10 french door I believe it is 22 cf.
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14.6 cu ft GE in ours, cause it fit nicely. In our floor plan there is a limited area for the door to swing open, so the door swing distance was the critical factor in our choice. It's still 20% larger than the Norcold 1200 it replaced.

If you go for a pricey french door model, you can usually beat the door swingout problem, but you still have to worry about the freezer drawer slide out space. Each RV layout is a little different, so measure carefully and think long and hard about your choice.

A friend has a very similar layout to mine, but he was able to fit a 17.6 cu ft Whirlpool. I came up 1.5" short of being able to use that same model.
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:54 PM   #5
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22 CF Jenn Air in ours.
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:58 PM   #6
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Ours is a Frigidaire .. 22 cubit foot, ice maker - with ice and filtered cold water available on the exterior door. The doors were apparently a "custom" OEM thing. They've got wood paneling that matches the rest of the wood in the coach. We like the interior of the unit as well ... the "configurability" of the interior shelves is better than on our fridge at home. Here's a pic of paneled doors.

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18.5 Samsung R197. Had to remove some drawers but you know what? After a few trips, they aren't missed. I like my ice cream hard
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Samsung RF18...I believe somewhere around 18 cu. ft. It's a french door, counter-depth model.
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Our current reefer (manufacturer install) is 22cf. Our prior RV had a 10cf. The 10 was adequate ... the 22 has mostly bottled water in the refrigerator side. Our purchases are quite different than in a S+B .... we shop more often and typically buy smaller packages.
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Ours is a Frigidaire .. 22 cubit foot, ice maker - with ice and filtered cold water available on the exterior door. The doors were apparently a "custom" OEM thing. They've got wood paneling that matches the rest of the wood in the coach. We like the interior of the unit as well ... the "configurability" of the interior shelves is better than on our fridge at home. Here's a pic of paneled doors.

Kind of looks like ours: (Sorry, I don't have a better picture yet)
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I installed the Samsung 18 cubic foot refer in our Diplomat. I really liked that size. It held plenty of food for our camping style. Even though it didn't have water/ice in the door, I REALLY liked the large ice tray/bucket in the freezer.

Our new coach has a 22 cubic foot Whirlpool with water and ice in the door, but the ice maker tray/bucket is really small, but it seems to keep up. Personally, I don't need a 22 cubic foot unit in an RV. We never fill it.
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I have never heard any regret going with the residential refer so I think that part of the decision is a no brainer. As far as size I would think that would be driven by what room you have. Most I have seen used all the space there cabinetry would allow unless your prepared for major cabinet modifications. The Samsung is very popular but I think its due to counter depth and lower overall height making it a good replacement for norcold units. Our current machine was designed for it so the cabinets around the fridge are deeper.
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Ours is a Whirlpool 22 I believe. It is actually much too large for us. Keep in mind if it is not always packed full of food it will run continuously. The frozen stuff in the freezer acts as a cold sink so the compressor doesn't have to run as often. If you have it sparsely packed you will put a huge burden on your batteries if you are not plugged in to shore power. When we boondock which is almost always, we have to run our genny about 6 hours every day to keep the 4/6v battery bank voltage above 12.2.

Just some things to think about.
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